July 23, 2014
The Gary Community School Board approved Katherine Jackson’s agreement that says the district “seeks to honor Michael Jackson and to inspire children to excel in the arts and education.” District superintendent Cheryl Pruitt is working with the Jackson family on which school to rename. Michael Jackson spent the first 11 years of his life in Gary. Jackson last returned to Gary in 2003 to receive an honorary diploma from Roosevelt High School near his childhood home. Pruitt said renaming the school came up in a conversation with Katherine Jackson,Micheal’s mother, who donated $10,000 at the Gary Promise scholarship event hosted by former NBA player Magic Johnson in April.